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Faith

Reflection of the week

For the remainder of Lent, our Reflection of the Week will be drawn from the 40 Days of Prayer and Fasting, with permission from the creators. This week's reflection is "Day 15 - Forgiveness: the healing water" centred on Exodus 15:22-25.

Leadership

Busting the myths about community leadership

What if we believed that we all have the potential to lead, no matter who we are and what role we play, asks Doug Taylor from Uniting, who challenges perennial leadership myths and why it’s so hard to get rid of them.

News

Prayer for Fiji

Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston has caused massive damage across Fiji. UnitingWorld is offering updates about the situation and support for those affected by the disaster.

News

Progressing after Pinery

It has now been over two months since the Pinery bushfire began – but its effects continue to be felt by those in the region. Disaster and Recovery Ministries Coordinator talks to New Times about the recovery process thus far.

News

Nuclear waste a cause for concern, say SA church members

On Monday 15 February, the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission released tentative findings suggesting the profitability of a nuclear waste dump in South Australia. Members of the Uniting Church SA have already expressed concern over this possibility.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on Mark 6:31-32 - “So he said to them, ‘Let us go off by ourselves to some place where we will be alone and we can rest a while.’ So they started out in a boat by themselves to a lonely place.”

Faith

Exploration through song

Kylie Brice is currently preparing to launch her debut EP and to lead a workshop at UnitingWomen. Amidst her busyness, she took time to talk to New Times about her background in the Uniting Church and her belief in music as a form of self-expression.

Culture

Justice survey indicates support for refugees

Recently, the Uniting Church SA Transforming Justice unit conducted a survey to identify current levels of support for a range of social justice issues, and inform future priority setting.

Publications

New Times - February/March 2016

The February/March 2016 print edition of New Times is now available to view online or pick up in churches. It includes article about Easter, superannuation, the impact of the Pinery fires, international church partnerships, and a cover image by Karan Hudson.

Family

The broken egg

As we come into the season of Easter, we are confronted by an even greater act of forgiveness: God's healing of a broken world and the brokenness in it.

News

Providing sanctuary

Uniting Church President Stuart McMillan has issued a pastoral statement about providing sanctuary for the refugees at the centre of the #LetThemStay campaign.

Publications

Dollars & Sense - February 2016

Dollars & Sense is a quarterly newsletter produced by the Uniting Church SA Resources team and seeks to provide helpful articles to congregations and church office bearers. The February 2016 edition of the newsletter is now available online.

Faith

Reflection of the week

This week's reflection is centred on Matthew 5:23 - "[So] when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has anything against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled; to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift."

Culture

From festive to fat to...?

Cath Taylor shares her thoughts on moving from Christmas festivities to the more reflective period of Lent, and why she will be participating in UnitingWorld's Lent Event this year.

Leadership

Church growth basics

With more than 35 years spent in ministry, Rev Dr Graham Humphris has gathered valuable insights into ways churches function and flourish. Here Graham shares his experiences, thoughts and advice on how to help churches grow. This article first appeared in Australian Leadership magazine.

Culture

Sanctuary for asylum seekers is an offer with ancient pedigree

In offering to open church buildings across Australia as places of sanctuary for asylum seekers, church leaders are appealing to an ancient notion of how we should treat people in need of protection. This article was originally published on The Conversation (CC).

News

Churches offer sanctuary

Uniting Church leaders are offering sanctuary and support to more than 250 asylum seekers facing deportation to offshore detention.